Posts Tagged ‘Sports Photography’

How Tim Kemple Uses High Speed Flash Sync (1/1600s) to Create Amazing Action Shots

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Sports Photography

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Profoto Tim Kemple CF001434 600x488 How Tim Kemple Uses High Speed Flash Sync (1/1600s) to Create Amazing Action Shots

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Did you know that using Profoto flashes with a Phase One camera allows you to shoot with flash sync speeds as fast as 1/1600s? Tim Kemple certainly knows it. And he has used that knowledge to create some pretty amazing action shots. Keep reading and learn how.

Tim Kemple got into photography almost by accident. Back in the days, he and his friends were into rock climbing and skiing. They travelled all over the US and even crossed the Atlantic to live out their passion. After doing so for a while, Tim realized that they should probably document their extravagant trips. So he picked up a camera, started shooting his friends in action, and the rest is, as they say, history.

Fast-forward a couple of years, and Tim is a sought-after sports and action photographer. But the things he learned back then is as useful today as it was then.

“When you’re on a shoot and the athlete realizes that you actually get what they’re doing, everything changes,” he says. “At that point the shoot becomes a collaboration. They get inspired to elevate what they do, jump higher or run faster or whatever it may be, which in turn inspires you as a photographer to elevate what you do.”

 

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Kohsaku Hoshino Catches a Jumping Motorcycle Rider Midair with the B1 Off-camera Flash

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Off-camera Flash

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We’ve already posted behind-the-scenes videos with the B1 off-camera flash shot in Italy, the US, France and Spain. Now add to that a Japanese video, featuring a jumping motorcycle rider caught midair.

The motorcycle rider in question is professional stunt rider Hiroyuki Ogawa, and the man behind the camera is Japanese photographer Kohsaku Hoshino, using two bare-headed B1s to freeze the action.

“There are a number of reasons why I choose to work with the B1 on this shoot,” says Hoshino. “Shooting on-location meant that I needed a battery-powered flash. I also knew that having a completely cordless flash would make things a lot easier when Ogawa was riding his bike back and forth. Last but not least, I needed speed and power to be freeze the action.”

The final shots from the shoot can be found below.

Click here to see even more of Hoshino’s work.

Click here to read more about the B1 off-camera flash.

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Christian van Hanja Tries the Profoto B1 Off-camera Flash’s Unique TTL Function

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Off-camera Flash

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Hey, we got a new video showing the B1 off-camera flash in action for you. 

This time it’s French action photographer Christian van Hanja shooting a flatland BMX biker with the river Seine and a flaming Parisian sky in the background. As you can see in the video, the BMX biker was constantly moving, but thanks to the B1’s unique TTL function, short flash duration and fast recycling, Christian nailed the sequence shot. As the captions states, Christian shot at ISO 200 and f 4.0 with the B1’s freeze mode activated.

You’ll find  more of Christian’s work at his website.

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Michael Mueller Shoots Skaters Rushing Down a Mountainside at 100 km/h with the B1 Off-camera Flash

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Off-camera Flash

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Profoto B1 off camera flash Michael Mueller CF008838074 Bearbeitet 600x480 Michael Mueller Shoots Skaters Rushing Down a Mountainside at 100 km/h with the B1 Off camera Flash

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It is now exactly two weeks since the launch of the B1 off-camera flash caused such a storm of clicks that our website came crashing down. We partly blame Michael Mueller for that. His images are just too good to ignore.

In early September, the B1 off-camera flash was ready to be launched to the public. But before doing so, the development team at Profoto wanted to give their new flash a proper test drive – or to be more precise, they wanted a professional photographer to do it.

The B1 is a cordless off-camera flash with TTL, designed to not only catch the action but also freeze it in time with absolute sharpness. So it seemed only natural to give it to a photographer whose images are oozing with adrenaline. If you are familiar with German sports photographer Michael Mueller, you know he fits that description like a glove.

Michael happily accepted the proposal and brought his team to a mountain to shoot death-defying downhill skateboarders rushing down a road. In their bags were B1s, a BatPac, Zoom Reflectors, a Phase One 645DF+ camera and standard Air Remotes, amongst other things. Read More

Adventure Photography with Dennis Welsh

Written by Gordon Andersson on . Posted in Sports Photography

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WELSH HIND II Adventure Photography with Dennis Welsh

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Dennis Welsh is a photographer who seldom takes his pictures in a dark and calm studio. But when he does, he uses Profoto lights to take wonderful pictures such as this.

This image is part of a series Dennis did for sports and outdoor apparel company Hind.

“Each year this client wants to make a different statement with the pictures, this time mixing outdoor settings with studio shots, the latter focusing more attention on the product,” says Dennis in a recent interview for Shutterbug. “In post, we drew the color out of everything except the clothing.” The lighting Welsh used was Profoto, with a Softlight Reflector to illuminate the face. There were also a pair of strobes on the background.”

Head over to Shutterbug for the full story, in which you can read more about how Dennis got started, what gear he uses and how he works.

You should also check out Dennis’ website.